“Climate Change, Resource and Infrastructure Use: Emerging Regional and International Law Issues” — Muna Mustafa H A Al-Marzouqi, SJD student at Tulane University Law School, Lecturer at Qatar University College of Law

Muna

Muna Mustafa H A Al-Marzouqi is a lecturer at the Qatar University School of Law  and along with two colleagues attended The Role of Law and Government in Protecting Communities from Extreme Weather and Coastal Flood Risks: Local, Regional, and International Perspectives to speak on Qatar’s involvement in coastal planning.  Muna was the first of the visiting Qatar scholars to speak and must have anticipated the audience’s limited knowledge of Qatar.   Admittedly, the Middle East isn’t the first region that comes to mind when you think about coastal flood management and Qatar as a single nation is even further off the radar.  As Muna was quick to note, however, that doesn’t mean Qatar is not concerned or focused on coastal flood management.  In a country where 90% of the population lives in coastal settlements and … [Read more...]

“Climate Change, Resource and Infrastructure Use: Emerging Regional and International Law Issues” — Francis Botchway

Francis Botchway

Transboundary resource exploitation and environmental responsibility Francis Botchway is the associate dean for research at Qatar University School of Law and presented on transboundary resource exploitation and environmental responsibility both in regards to Qatar and globally.  Qatar is not alone in these issues, but is uniquely affected because of its location in the middle east.   As the middle east and Qatar continue searching for more oil and gas reserves, border questions become more predominant issues.  Without clear, defined, and undisputed borders it isn’t clear what country is entitled to profit off discovered reserves-- particularly true for underwater resources.  Indeterminacy can be problematic, but as Francis notes, it can also promote neighborliness, technological advancements, peace promotion, and … [Read more...]

“Climate Change, Resource and Infrastructure Use: Emerging Regional and International Law Issues”

Rudiger

Rudiger is the Director for The Center for Energy, Environmental and Sustainability Law and Policy at Qatar University College of Law and focused his presentation on the policy and regulatory options to mitigate climate change in Qatar.   He began his presentation by drawing attention to the recent development changes in Qatar that have been popping up all over the coastal regions.  Because of recent economic booms, these developments have been rapid, intense, and all serve a luxury clientele seeking to make their homes on the coasts.  Developments like the Pearl, are beginning to pepper Qatar’s coast, but their luxury features are not the only thing these developments have in common.  They also share an increased risk of coastal flooding, limited roads for egress, and high populations.  These factors combined create … [Read more...]

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